Animal Science Showcase

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Cargill Atrium and Seminar Room, St. Paul Campus

The Department of Animal Science, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota will host its annual Animal Science Showcase on April 25, 2024. The Animal Science Showcase is an event hosted to celebrate the accomplishments of faculty, students and alumni in the Department of Animal Science. This event is open to alumni, industry partners, students and stakeholders and includes graduate student poster sessions, networking opportunities and recognition of the Golden Alumni Award recipients.

Details for the 2024 Animal Science Showcase on April 25 are listed below. 


Thursday, April 25th

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. : Poster Sessions for Graduate Students

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. : Lunch and Networking Opportunities

Beginning at 1:00 p.m. : Awards Programming

Location: University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus, Cargill Building, Atrium and Seminar Room

Address: 1500 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108

IMPORTANT: Guests of attendees and honorees are welcome to attend, but should register as well to assist with planning for food and other aspects of the event. Please register by Monday, April 15th to secure your spot and to ensure an appropriate amount of refreshments can be ordered. 

Registration form for 2024 AnSci Showcase

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2024 Golden Alumni Award Recipients

Achievement in Industry - Dr. Jeffrey Knott

Dr. Jeffrey Knott is a native Minnesotan who earned his B.S. with Honors from North Dakota State University in Animal Science. Upon graduation, Jeff joined the swine nutrition group in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota to pursue a M.S. degree and ultimately completed his studies here with a PhD in Animal Science and Swine Nutrition. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with Ralco Nutrition located in Marshall, MN. Over his 10 years at Ralco, Dr. Knott rose to the position of Vice President of Technical Services and Research. This role prepared him well to launch his own nutrition and consulting company in 2014.

Since starting Ideal Nutrition in 2014, Jeff has become a real force in the world of swine nutrition. He has developed very productive, strategic alliances with independent pork producers in Minnesota and beyond. His company is small with only 5 employees, but its reach is tremendous. Dr. Knott and his staff influence the feeding of 8,000,000 market hogs and 200,000 sows per year in the U. S. In addition, Jeff consults with pig producers, feed companies, and genetic companies in 14 countries ranging from China to South Africa to Norway. He has presented invited seminars in Canada, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Jeff Knott

Achievement in Academia - Dr. Dale Rozeboom

Dr. Dale W. Rozeboom earned all three degrees from the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota, with his last degree being a PhD in 1992. Dr. Rozeboom then joined the Animal Science faculty at Michigan State University following graduation in 1992, where he has since established his career over 31 years. Dr. Rozeboom retired in September of 2023. Following retirement, Dr. Rozeboom's commitment to pig farmers in Michigan and across the nation was recognized as he was named Distinguished Faculty member in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University this year. Dale was recently honored with an appointment to be an assistant to the CANR Deans and Directors at Michigan State University. 

Dr. Rozeboom is known as a very pragmatic scientist and researcher that has a great ability to distill complex problems into researchable questions or actionable solutions. As a State Swine Extension Specialist in Michigan, his abilities in this realm were recognized quickly by pig farmers in the state. Dale also continually seeks to mentor students and young professionals in a quiet, unassuming manner.  He has encouraged many undergraduate and graduate students to pursue careers in the swine industry and has provided professional and personal support to help these students realize their goals.

Dale Rozeboom

Previous Golden Alumni Award Recipients

2023 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Dr. Terry Etherton

Dr. Terry Etheron

2023 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Barry Visser

Barry Visser

2022 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Doris Mold

Doris Mold

2022 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Gene Rouse

Gene Rouse

2021 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Dale Heintz

Dale Heintz

2021 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Dr. Fred Owens

Fred Owens

2020 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Dale Miller

Dale Miller

2020 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Dr. Onnie Byers

Onnie Byers

2019 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - John Goihl

2019 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Dr. Tom Porter

2018 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Dr. Bruce Behrends

Bruce Behrends

2018 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Dr. Bradley Johnson

Brad Johnson

2017 Golden Alumni Award Recipient - Dr. Merlin Lindemann